Everton’s emphatic victory over Manchester City at Goodison Park yesterday certainly made up for a disappointing cup exit at the hands of Leicester City next week, and fans will understandably be excited about the future ahead.
With the guidance of Ronald Koeman and the money of Farhad Moshiri, Everton should be able to compete with the big guns in the Premier League and have already showed progress this season- defeating both Arsenal and the Citizens on Merseyside, drawing with Manchester United and Spurs, and also taking points off Pep Guardiola’s side in Manchester.
Blessed with a squad full of tremendous ability, it’s exciting for Everton fans that eight of their first-team squad are under the age of 25- including the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu and Ramiro Funes Mori.
On top of that, youngsters Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman, a new signing on Merseyside, have made an instant impact, both finding the net in Everton’s superb 4-0 victory over Manchester City.
Now, Everton’s priority needs to be keeping these stars on the books at Everton, as it’s only then when we can assess whether they’ve genuinely made progress. If bigger clubs again steal their top-talents, then the Toffees will be left in another sticky situation.
From Wayne Rooney all those years ago to John Stones last summer, Everton have found it difficult to keep their best and brightest in Merseyside. Whilst they’ve earned a vast amount of profit from these sales, it has had a detrimental effect on their squad.
If Everton want to fight amongst the best in the league and become regular contenders in Europe, they have to dig their heels in with their big players and be a bit more selfish. Otherwise, it could be the same old story for the next decade.
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